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Obama says Russian proposal to avoid US strike could work
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Barack Obama says a Russian proposal for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons to international control could avert a U.S. military strike.
Russia's Foreign Minister offered the proposal Monday.
In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, the President said the plan could work, "if it's real."
"It is a potentially positive development," President Obama said. "I have to say that it's unlikely that we would have arrived at that point where there were even public statements like that without a credible military threat to deal with the chemical weapons use inside of Syria."
Syria's Foreign Minister said his country welcomes Russia's proposal, but it was not immediately clear whether Syria would accept the plan.
The President will address the nation on Tuesday, to attempt to convince the American public that a military strike is necessary.
Congress could vote on a resolution this week.